Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Ann Arbor with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
1 month ago

The Matthaei Garden Trail is a 2-mile pedestrian road through a lightly wooded area. The path was built in 2017, I believe, and is 6-foot or 8-foot wide asphalt the entire way, with several wooden bridges over tiny streams. Parking at Matthaei and walking the entire thing is a 4-mile trip. My low rating is because I'm not a fan of asphalt or flat paths, especially given the other trails available at Matthaei. If you like asphalt paths through trees, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you want to check your GPS, they have markers every 1/4 mile.

on Scio Forest Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail will like to come back in spring

hiking
2 months ago

Scio Forest is a very nice little woods. While the red loop passes fairly close to houses for much of the trail, they will probably become unnoticeable as the woods greens in the spring. I saw a group of 5-6 deer two different times, although it might have been two distinct groups. There are a few short bridges/boardwalks over small streams. The trails are much younger than many parks and, given the number of places they had puddles or ice patches, I suspect they will be somewhat muddy as the spring thaw comes. I look forward to returning regularly to this short walk in the woods.

2 months ago

Very nice hike around the area. Lots of little trails to discover. A little muddy for this time of the year, but what is a fun hike without any?

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail to do with the family and dogs

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with a bit of elevation change - hard to come by in this part of the state. You can hear the freeway from parts of the trail so minus one for that. The extended path across the river is beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

There are very nice views of the fall color of Bird Hills from the Barton Nature area trails. The Barton Nature part of my track also includes an out-and-back along the river - it offers occasional, very nice, views right on the water, but it is about 500" each way of very narrow trail, almost just a deer track. Along the way there is a party clearing around a large tree with some stella. I'll probably stick to the primary paths next time.
Kuebler is very pretty and warrants more than just the cruise through I gave it - would be worth it to loop back on other paths and wind through the whole area.
Bird Hills is beautiful. It was fairly busy. The trails are nice, although there are lots of intersections with no guidance on where each path goes (but it would be hard to actually get lost here). Has a nice amount of up and down as well, with occasional glimpses of the river from some paths.

walking
7 months ago

Not so much "trail" as hard gravel path through some trees. The main path is crushed limestone; there are some small dirt tracks off the path at a few places, but none are particularly interesting. If you live in the neighborhood, it is probably a better place to jog than your local sidewalk, but if you're getting in a car, the only reason to come here (instead of Lillie Park, the Arb, or Bird Hills) is if you don't want to be alone or in a woods. Britton Woods is much nicer than the Fitness Loop, but is tiny.

Great short hike. Trails are a bit confusing so make sure to have a map!

hiking
9 months ago

My favorite hike in the Ann Arbor area. Lots of ups and downs and fully wooded. Makes you feel like you have left the city.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice set of trails! Only down side is that you can hear the freeway for some sections of the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Best hike I've been on in Michigan so far

Nice place flat with pavement to run on. Didn't do the whole trails but will definitely go back. Right next to the river

A nice nice walk in the woods with lots of shade for bright sunny days but not very well marked at the various intersections. We took the continuation over to Barton Hills recreation area. The way to get there is across the street and picking up the trail on the other side of the parking lot. Not clear at all. Trails were all dry. Lots of road noise from 14 although I could still hear the birds.

hiking
11 months ago

Lots of ups, downs and turns. I really enjoyed it. We brought our dog with us. Recommend it!

walking
Friday, May 19, 2017

As noted, this is a paved trail with lots of foot and bike traffic. It's fine for a nice walk or ride along the river, it is not a hiking trail. My low-ish rating is as a hike; if you're just looking for a pleasant stroll, casual ride, or viewing waterfowl, it is a fine path.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

The hike was nice and invigorating.
It was a little early in the spring season to see a lot of greenery- but the path options were endless.
I was in good company and It was a nice workout.
I wasnt particularly fond of being so close to the road or Hiway that you could hear cars passing nor did I like crossing the road to connect the multiple trails. I would rank it a 5/10. Scenery wasn't much.
However, It was nice to get some fresh air!

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

This was a great trail over all a nice mix of uphill and downhill.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Good trail. Just get boots for rainy days.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

very hill like with lots of tree's , lots of different options to travel on, solid trail.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Very nice moderate hike through mature hardwoods.

walking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I love it! Took my dog and he loves it! Make sure you pick up after your pets! Beautiful during October. This trail will get you to break a tiny sweat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This is less of trail and more of swampy area. But the lakes are pretty good.

walking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's pretty crowded regularly. But perfect for long runs around the Huron river and across the dam.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's pretty serene. Definitely not a regular trail. Closer to me yet feels like a dense forest.

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

The first trail I went down was unimpressive. I did end up finding some pretty views. The trails definitely make you work up a sweat. They aren't very well maintained so wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. Quiet and away from the noise of Ann Arbor, I really like this trail

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Great area to collect edible mushrooms! Morels, pheasant back, and more!

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Great park with many options for various loops with good elevation. Some road noise along the Southern side, but quickly dissipates as you get deeper into the woods.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gorgeous. Great trail for veering off the trail. One of my favorite places.

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